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Recreating a Character Sketch in Illustrator
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Released May 3, 2010
Eddie Russell

Pluralsight

Eddie Russell
In this series of lessons we'll focus on recreating a character sketch as a vector illustration. We'll begin this course by learning how we can place our character sketch into Illustrator and use it as a template. Next, we'll begin to create a silhouette of our character by isolating and drawing in basic shape areas. From there, we'll learn how we can use Illustrator's pathfinder panel and these basic shape areas to create the smaller shapes that make up the details of our character. We'll then learn how we can clean up our document and eliminate some of the unnecessary anchor points that have been created. Next, we'll establish a light source and use Illustrator's gradient tools to create both shadows and highlights. Finally, we'll complete our character by adding in a few smaller details as well as clean up our silhouette.
Introduction and project overview
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Introduction and project overview

 
01:08
Placing our sketch into Illustrator and beginning the silhouette
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Placing our sketch into Illustrator and beginning the silhouette

 
12:04
Adding shoulder pads to the silhouette
3

Adding shoulder pads to the silhouette

 
10:27
Creating a silhouette for the torso
4

Creating a silhouette for the torso

 
07:56
Creating a silhouette for the left arm
5

Creating a silhouette for the left arm

 
10:31
Creating a silhouette for the right arm
6

Creating a silhouette for the right arm

 
08:10
Creating a silhouette for the left leg
7

Creating a silhouette for the left leg

 
10:43
Creating a silhouette for the right leg
8

Creating a silhouette for the right leg

 
11:32
Beginning to pull out the details in our character's head
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Beginning to pull out the details in our character's head

 
10:19
Adding an eye to our character's head
10

Adding an eye to our character's head

 
10:27
Continuing to detail the head of our character
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Continuing to detail the head of our character

 
11:08
Completing the shapes in our character's head
12

Completing the shapes in our character's head

 
10:45
Adding details to our character's shoulder pads
13

Adding details to our character's shoulder pads

 
10:35
Adding details to our character's torso
14

Adding details to our character's torso

 
09:27
Breaking up the left arm of our character
15

Breaking up the left arm of our character

 
11:00
Beginning to detail the character's left forearm
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Beginning to detail the character's left forearm

 
10:54
Completing the shapes in our character's left forearm
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Completing the shapes in our character's left forearm

 
10:03
Breaking up the right arm of our character
18

Breaking up the right arm of our character

 
10:10
Adding details to the right forearm of our character
19

Adding details to the right forearm of our character

 
11:14
Beginning to detail the left leg of our character
20

Beginning to detail the left leg of our character

 
10:33
Continuing to detail the left leg of our character
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Continuing to detail the left leg of our character

 
10:16
Completing the shapes for the left leg of our character
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Completing the shapes for the left leg of our character

 
11:22
Breaking up the right leg of our character
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Breaking up the right leg of our character

 
10:16
Beginning to detail the lower portion of the right leg
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Beginning to detail the lower portion of the right leg

 
10:19
Continuing to detail the lower portion of the right leg
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Continuing to detail the lower portion of the right leg

 
10:34
Completing the shapes in our character's right leg
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Completing the shapes in our character's right leg

 
10:37
Cleaning up the document
27

Cleaning up the document

 
06:34
Beginning to add basic shadows and highlights
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Beginning to add basic shadows and highlights

 
10:49
Continuing to add basic shadows and highlights
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Continuing to add basic shadows and highlights

 
10:30
Adding more focused shadows to our character
30

Adding more focused shadows to our character

 
10:13
Beginning to add additional embellishments
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Beginning to add additional embellishments

 
10:01
Continuing to add additional embellishments
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Continuing to add additional embellishments

 
11:29
Adding sharper highlights to our character
33

Adding sharper highlights to our character

 
10:34
Completing our character illustration
34

Completing our character illustration

 
11:34